MY XI for 1st ODI against Scotland

Lahiru Thirimanne photo

Dimuth Karunaratne {C}

Lahiru Thirimanne

Dananjaya De Silva / OSHADA FERNANDO

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Perera [Wk]

Angelo mathews

.Thisara perera

Isuru Udana

Jeffrey Vandersay/ Jeevan Mendis

Suranga Lakmal

Nuwan Pradeep

BENCH

MILINDA SIRIWARDENE

OSHADA FERNANDO

JEEVAN MENDIS

ANGELO PERERA

KASUN RAJITHA

WANIDU HASARANGA

AVISHKA FERNANDO

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  1. My XI for the scotland matches.

    Players need to be switched around to give them proper match practice .

    1st match
    1.D.Karunaratne
    2.D.De Silva
    3.L.Thirimanne
    4.A.Mathews
    5.K.Mendis
    6.K.Perera
    7.J.Mendis
    8.T.Perera
    9.I.Udana
    10.S.Lakmal
    11.N.Pradeep

    2nd Match
    1.D.Karunaratne
    2.A.Fernando
    3.L.Thirimanne
    4.A.Mathews
    5.K.Perera
    6.M.Siriwardena
    7.J.Mendis
    8.I.Udana
    9.J.Vandersay
    10.N.Pradeep
    11.S.Lakmal

    Players need to bat aggresively in these two matches and not hog the strike and eat up overs so that every batsman can have a decent hit in the middle .

    My World Cup XI

    We should try to pack proper experience in the middle order with the likes of KJP and Mathews and the top order should be looking to lay a decent platform at an acceptable run rate of over 5.4rpo or so .Dananjaya should play in the top4 because his talent is wasted lower down the order .

    1.D.Karunaratne(C)
    2.D.De Silva
    3.L.Thirimanne
    4.A.Mathews
    5.K.Mendis
    6.K.Perera(wk)
    7.J.Mendis
    8.T.Perera
    9.I.Udana
    10.S.Lakmal
    11.L.Malinga

    Mathews should bat ahead of mendis because mathews is aying as a specialist batsman and should be looking to anchor the innings if the top 3 fail to do so .Mendis is best suited to play his natural game with a bit less pressure on his shoulders if Mathews can lay the platform with the top 3 .

    KJP and Jeevan should be looking to up the anti in the 35-45 over range and finish off the innings together with Thisara and Udana.

    Overall I think the selectors have selected the best squad possible to ensure that sri lanka has the best chance ( even though it is very very slim) of competing at the world cup .At the world cup it is critical that we win our first four matches .NZ( needs to be an upset), Ban, Afg and pak( tough but not impossible ).

  2. another key thing is the player combination .I believe that considering our players inability to score big hundreds lately we need to bat deep .So I hope the team management go with this combination .Please note the difference between a batting allrounder and a bowling allrounder

    no.1-6 – 5 specialist batsmen and 1 batting allrounder

    no.7-9 – 3 bowling allrounders who should be capable of bowling their full quota of overs when needed .

    no.10-11 – 2 specialist bowlers

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